Bellator officially announced that their upcoming fourth season will feature a featherweight tournament, and Eric Larkin (pictured above) is the first of the eight competitors revealed vying for a shot at the gold, with Zac George being added last night.
“I’m thrilled to announce Eric Larkin as our first confirmed participant in our upcoming featherweight tournament,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in the company’s press release, who has publicly stated his overwhelming desire to sign Larkin for some time now. “Eric has unlimited potential in this sport, and I’m excited to see how he does in this stacked tournament.” The former Division I wrestling champ from Arizona State University made his Bellator debut this past September with a first-round submission over Marcus Andrusia in a non-tournament bout. He has kept that streak alive going to three wins with no losses, all ending in the first round. This will be Larkin’s first time fighting at this weight, so hopefully he can keep his skills up as his body weight shrinks.
“Zac George finishes fights and often finishes them early.” Bjorn added in the following press release, ” Anyone he faces in our Featherweight tournament this March will need to be at the very top of their game to hope to get out with a victory.” Currently riding a six fight win streak, including an impressive 2nd round submission victory of Bellator veteran Bryan Goldsby in his last fight, George is ready to re-introduce himself to the MMA world, and make noise in the Featherweight Tournament.
Also expected to participate in the featherweight tournament are Georgi Karakhanyan, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Kenny Foster, Wilson Reis, Daniel Straus and Nazareno Malegarie with the fighters to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The current Bellator featherweight champ is Joe Warren, who has been undefeated in all of his Bellator FC outings, most recently beating Joe Soto in September by knockout.